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[ Arthur Hugh Clough, Poet ] Autograph Note Signed A.H. Clough to [The Revd | the Provost (of Oriel College, Oxford?)]

Author: 
A.H. Clough [Arthur Hugh Clough (1819 – 1861), poet, an educationalist, assistant to Florence Nightingale.]
Publication details: 
No place or date present.
£280.00

Paper, 18 x 11cm, top edge rough as torn from larger page (perhaps losing an address and date?). Text: I have no intention whatever of putting in any claim. | Yours very truly | A.H. Clough. Pencil note bottom left A.H. Clough, | fellow of Oriel; on verson, in Clough's hand The Revd | the Provost.

[ Nat Travers; Cockney Singing Comedian ] Autograph Note Signed Nat Travers to theatre historian, W.J. MacQueen-Pope (Popie).. WITH: [Printed] Community Singing Choruses headed NAT TRAVERS, (The King of Coster Comedians, etc.).

Author: 
Nat Travers, The Pearly King Cockney Singing Comedian.
Publication details: 
Printed heading (self-advertisement - see below) Guest turn: Trocadero: 2-2-5[1?].
£250.00

NOTE: One page, sm. folio, fold marks, eccentric spelling, omissions, and grammar included: Dear Popie I heard you a few Times on Wirless Real good. I Wrote to you years ago. I enclose your letter I enclose I knew if They gave you a chance they will Want you : fo good.

[ Katharine Parry Collins; women's suffrage; authorial inscription and annotation throughout ] Two Homemade Booklets in typescript (very short plays)

Author: 
Katharine Parry Collins [Katharine Kate Parry Frye born Katherine Parry Collins (1878 –1959) actress, diarist and suffragist.]
Publication details: 
(In her hand; front cover of [Booklet One]) To be presented at A Village Pastoral Wednesday August 19th 1942 by Wooburn folk and Wooburn [young?].
£450.00

Two booklets, blank paper wraps, stapled. [One] 4pp., obl. 8vo, inscription front cover as above, numerous stage directions, additions and corrections in the author's hand, sl. foxed, entitled Prologue. | Time is Here, dialogue involving Young Time and Old Time, discussing the past and present (wartime) of Wooburn Green and England. [TWO] 7pp., obl. 8vo, numerous stage directions, additions and corrections in the author's hand, titles Time is with us. | Second Play time. Two Old Timers.

[ L. Tyerman; John Wesley ] Autograph Letter Signed L. Tyerman to John Holland Esq Sheffield, discussing an aspect of his researches into Wesley.

Author: 
L. Tyerman, Author of The Life And Times of John Wesley.
Publication details: 
[Embossed] Stanhope House, Atkins Road, Clapham Park, S, 19 Dec. 1870.
£35.00

Three pages, 8vo, bifolium, good condition. I am sincerely grateful for your kind communication. | I have long possessed the pamphlet you mention; I have also compared it with the authentic MS in the Museum. | The pamphlet is quite correct with the exception that it omits two or three not very important paragraphs. | Vol.II of my Life and Times of Wesley is already published, & contains (p.42 to page 57) a lengthened account of the transaction: - | Excuse haste [...]

[ Lucy Soulsby; Headmistress ] Autograph Note Signed Lucy H.M. Soulsby to Mr Cochrane, about someone seeking employment

Author: 
Lucy H.M. Soulsby, Headmistress (Oxford DNB)
Publication details: 
[Headed] The High School, Oxford, 3 May 1895.
£35.00

Two pages, oblong 12mo, creases, foxing but legible. My delay in writing to you has been caused by some change of place on Miss Scrivens part. Just after seeing you, I heard she had found work which suited her; - yesterday she told me that she has finally reg=fused this work & hoped to make an appointmet to see you & Mr William Gardner. I will write again in a few days when I know more. - I spoke to Mr Pascoe Glynn yesterday about finding you someone suitable.

[ Ludwig Straus; violinist ] Autograph Note Signed Ludwig Straus to a Miss White, with thanks.

Author: 
Ludwig Straus (1835 – 1899), Austrian violinist
Publication details: 
[Headed] 7 Cranmer Road, Cambridge BUT handwritten, Folkestone, 26 Sept. 1897.
£25.00

One page, 16mo, bifolium, fod mark, good condition. To Miss White with kind regards and mny thanks for having made me so comfortable inher well appointed house.

[ Indian Mutiny; Hodson's Horse ] Notebook-cum-Sketchbook containing MS material relating to the Indian Mutiny

Author: 
[ Indian Mutiny; Hodson's Horse ] [ Susan A. Hodson, wife of William Stephen Raikes Hodson of Hodson's Horse, compiler ]
Hodson
Publication details: 
Inscription: Susan A. Hodson | The Priory | Simla | Souvenir of 1857, presumably in her hand.
£9,500.00
Hodson

Notebook-cum-Sketchbook, 4to, 19.5 x 16cm, soft leather gt, sl. worn at edges, marbled end-papers, mainly good to very good condition. Forty of the pages have drawings, letters, MSS material, a photograph, autograph signatures etc, others blank. a. Inscription as aboveb. Pencil sketch of Hodson, mounted, leading prisoners (?), full page, captioned on second page, Hodson returning from ye Slaughter of ye Pandies | His trusty Sword he had girded on | The knaves he strung behind him. Two pagesc. See images.

[ Oscar Wilde; Typescript ] The Stringed Lute. A Play Based on the life of OSCAR WILDE [Playwright's own copy]. WITH Typed Letter Signed P. Macqueen discussing play with W. MacQueen-Pope, theatre historian, revealing pseudonym

Author: 
John Furnell [pseud. Phyllis Macqueen], playwright [Oscar Wilde]
Publication details: 
n.d., (before published version, 1955); Typed Letter Signed dated 23 Jan. 1956.
£480.00

[170]pp., 4to, title label, brown wraps, stabbed, sl. wrinkled edges, sl. aged, typed ownership sticker back cover, John Furnell, 'Woodend', 24 Chessel Avenue, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hants. Final page (additional , p.[170]) includes a list of Author's suggestions for settings. With a sprinkling of corrections and additions.Opposite p.38 (beginning of Act II set in the Foyer of the St James's Theatre, an illustration from a Max Beerbohm book (Some Persons of the Nineties), with names from Wilde to Mallarme, 10 names presumably in Furnell's hand.

[ Philip H. Wicksteed, economist ] Autograph Note Signed, Philip H. Wicksteed to illegible correspondent arranging a visit.

Author: 
Philip H. Wicksteed, economist [ Georgist, Unitarian theologian, classicist, medievalist, and literary critic.]
Publication details: 
[Headed] University Hall, Gordon Square, W.C., 16 April 18[7?]1
£35.00

One page, 12mo, faint staining, good condition. I shall be most happy to dine with you on the 30th and think it probable that I can allow myself the pleasure of spending the night at Oxford. | [...]

[ John B. Gough, Temperance ] Autograph Quotation or Statement (Sentiment) Signed boldly John B. Gough.

Author: 
John B. Gough, American Temperance Lecturer (Orator)(1817-86).
Publication details: 
[Princeton?] | May 28, 1867.
£45.00

Paper, 16 x 17.5cm, laid down on similar sized paper, good condition. He only is a true freeman who renders stedfast obedience to righteous law. If a quotation, not traced. So a statement, sentiment, or word of wisdom perhaps.

[ John Scott Russell, engineer ] Full Signature J.Scott Russell clipped from (secretarial letter), with added fragment showing address and date. Letter addressed to William Bragge, eminent civil engineer.

Author: 
John Scott Russell [ John Scott Russell (1808–1882,), Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built Great Eastern with Brunel.
Publication details: 
[Headed] 5 Westminster Chambers, Victoria Street, London, S.W., 8 August 1867.
£50.00

Two actually congruent sections clipped from (secretarial) Letter Signed J. Scott Russell, 11 x 5cm (Address as above), and 11 x 6cm (sentiment with signature), considerable loss of text which appears to have been a recommendation of another engineer perhaps for employment. Surviving text (on reverse of the two portions and as it turns out congruent ) as follows: Presidency in India, who has brought me introductions from old friends on whom I can thoroughly rely. | He has been in charge (second fragment follows on) important Engineering Works there, which have been thoroughly successful.

[ Charles Whymper ] Autograph Note Signed Charles Whymper to the Curator | Torquay Museum, about sketches he's sending (not present).

Author: 
Charles Whymper [ Charles H. Whymper (1853-1941), painter and illustrator ]
Publication details: 
[Embossed] 7 James Street, Haymarket, S.W., 14 Oct. 1899.
£38.00

One page, 12mo, good condition. I am sending you some sketchesssss as a small retrun of your great kindness to me when I was at Torquay this last spring, and I am with all good wishes [...]

[ Stanley Anderson artist ] Autograph Letter Signed Stanley Anderson to Maurice declining at length social engagement through tiredness.

Author: 
Stanley Anderson [ Alfred Charles Stanley Anderson CBE RA (1884–1966), engraver, etcher and watercolour painter. ]
Publication details: 
[Headed] St. Paul's Studios, 55 Colet Gadens, London, W14, 24 Nov. 1938.
£45.00

One page, cr. 8vo, fold marks, small stain in margin, text clear and attractive (a neat hand). He appreciates the invitation to Dover Street to dine. I[t] gave me great pleasure to have this expression of your friendship and it was great ill-lcuk that the wretched teaching shoulkd have prevented me from enjoying your company - I teach all day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. | On wednesday nights I feel so exhausted mentally and physically that I am glad to crawl back home to bed.

[ Sir Andrew Fraser; Indian Civil Service ] Two Autograph Letters Signed A.H.L. Fraser, one to Hendley, the other to Mrs Hyslop, one discussing his forthcoming book With India Rajahs, the other mainly thanks for his welcome at Glenalmond.

Author: 
Sir Andrew Fraser [ Sir Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser KCSI (1848–1919), British officer of the Indian Civil Service and the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal between 1903 an
Publication details: 
[Headed] 22 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, 23 Jan. and 13 March 1911 respectively.
£80.00

Both letters 3pp., 12mo, bifoliums, good condition. Letter One (to Hendley, presumably involved with Glenalmond College): He has been slow to reply to an invitation to visit Glenalmond to deliver a lecture but he has also been writing a book entitled 'With Indian Rajahs and Ryots [published in 1911 as 'Among Indian Rajahs And Ryots. A Civil Servant's Recollections & Impressions Of Thrity-Seven Years Of Work & Sport In The Central Provinces & Bengal']. The book is finished; and I have received 'an early copy' of it. Seeley & Co tell me that it will be published next week.

[ George Macaulay Trevelyan; historian ] Autograph Letter Signed G.M. Trevelyan to [Townsend] Warner [presumably George Townsend Warner, of Harrow School], asking advice about a work in progress (Garibaldi?).

Author: 
G.M. Trevelyan [ George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876–1962), historian and academic. ]
Publication details: 
[Headed] Trinity College, Cambridge, 1 May 1901.
£120.00

Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, sl. foxed, fold mark, mainly good condition. Text: How much this is publishable I do not know and leave you full judge. If it is not at all, or not upon the whole, send it back and there will be no [underlined] offence. If some of it needs altering, or cutting out, send it me back with marks and remarks at the offending passages, and let me do the altering and cutting out myself [underlined from 'and let']. Alternatives ohrases of course suggest, only don't let anyone alter behind my back.

[ H.E. Armstrong; chemistry ] Autograph Letter Signed to Thorpe about an article being considered for publication in a scientific journal (Nature?].

Author: 
H.E. Armstrong (1848-1937), Chemist
Publication details: 
Lewisham, 19 May 1885.
£100.00

Two pages, 12mo, good condition. Text: I enclose [Muller's?] letter about [Mrs Greens?] paper. I saw him to-day & one or two other members of the Pub. Comm. All are interested, but the opinion seems to be that the paper is not quite 'severe' enough for us & also that it should receive wider notice than it would get if published in our pages. Dr Muller would be glad to [send?] it to Crookes or Lockyer if you & Mrs Green approve; you ought also to send a copy to the Lancet or Medical Times.

[ Robert Long, auditor of the lower exchequer ] Conclusion of printed document only, holograph instruction Signed Rob Long.

Author: 
Robert Long [ Sir Robert Long, 1st Baronet (c. 1600–1673) of Westminster was a courtier and administrator.]
Publication details: 
No place or date surviving.
£45.00

Conclusion of document, clipped, 12 x 5 cm, tipped on to larger piece of paper, foxed but clear. Text as follows: your discharge herein [printed] | Mr Squibb I pray you pay this order out[?] hearth money | RobLong [manuscript]. Lawrence Squibb was a Teller of the Receipt of the Exchequer.

[ Arthur Mee ] Autograph Note Signed A M [Arthur Mee] to George.

Author: 
Arthur Mee, editor of The Children's Newspaper
Publication details: 
[Printed] 'The Children's Newspaper | and Companion publications | Edited by Arthur Mee, John Carpenter House,Whitefriars, London, E.C. 4'. Date added, but obscurely (1942 clear). With list of other publications inc. the Children's Encyclopedia.
£50.00

One page, 8vo, good condition. Thak you dear George for the loan of this book for which I wanted a few notes for my Northants Volume. | So sorry to hear of your illness but pray it may not be serious. I am getting a deaf old crock, but I think we shall both pull through till the Better World is here. I believe it is coming fast.

[ British Members of Parliament ] Thirteen (13) Signatures of British M.P.'s, Thomas Burt, Samuel Smith, etc (full list below)

Author: 
[ British Members of Parliament ]
Publication details: 
No place date, or obvious purpose.
£50.00

One page, 12mo, fold mark, sl. crumpled, mainly good condition. Signatures of Liberal MPs; James Cropper, Peter McLagan, Theodore Fry, Thomas Burt, Samuel Smith, Arthur Pease, J[ames]. Bryce, John Roberts, E Stafford Howard, Thomas X. Thompson, J.F. Christian, James Stuart, Stewart Clark, S[tephen] Williamson.

[James Kenney, Irish dramatist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas Kenney.') to book-collector and bon-vivant Thomas Hill, playfully explaining that he has no portrait to offer ('I am now pluming my Crest for the first Painter that comes across me').

Author: 
James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [Thomas Hill (1760-1840), book-collector and bon-vivant]
Publication details: 
9 Southampton Buildings [London]. 15 December 1806.
£220.00

For information on Kenney and the recipient Thomas Hill, see their entries in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 4to. Bifiolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Thos. Hill Esqr | Queen Hith' [i.e. Queenhithe, London]. Hill had presumably requested a representation of Kenney, and the tone of the letter is that of one man of the world addressing another, accurately caught by a dramatist: 'Dear Sir, | I have just received your note of the 10th.

[James Kenney, Irish dramatist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jas Kenney.') to 'Loo Loo' ('Mademoiselle Holcroft'), i.e. wife Louisa, discussing their home situation, education of children, theatrical affairs, personal news.

Author: 
James Kenney (1780-1849), Irish dramatist [Thomas Holcroft (1745-1809), author and radical]
Publication details: 
Versailles. 15 June 1822.
£350.00

3pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed, with Versailles postmark, on reverse of second leaf, 'A Mademoiselle Holcroft | Chateau de Pinon | près | Chavignon | Dep. de l'Aisne'. The background to the letter requires some explanation. In 1812 a prosperous Kenney had married Louisa Mercier (c.1780-1853), daughter of the French dramatist Louis-Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), and fourth wife and widow of the playwright Thomas Holcroft, a leading radical who had assisted his friend Thomas Paine publish 'The Rights of Man'.

[ Caroline Norton; social reform ] Autograph Letter Signed CNorton to [Mrs] O'Brien, wife of a Henry O'Brien (mentioned in another Norton letter).

Author: 
Caroline Norton [Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan;1808–1877), social reformer and author.
Publication details: 
[docketed April 1847]
£200.00

Three pages, 8vo, fold marks, small closed tear on fold, sl. dingy, but clear and complete. She couldn't reply quickly to her correspondent's clever & interesting letter because she was ill and indeed doubted whether I should write any more to anybody. I have since read it to many members of Parl[iamen]t and you , who are so humble, should have heard how reespectful & attentive the were to my 'Jamaica correspondent' - THere have been debates on West Indian subjects, which made your letter really (even to strangers) extremely interesting: - to me it was a great treat.

[Sybil Thorndike, celebrated actress for whom Bernard Shaw wrote 'Saint Joan'.] Autograph Letter Signed to Secretary, Royal Literary Fund, explaining that 'pressure of work' will prevent her from acting as steward at Guildhall anniversary banquet.

Author: 
Sybil Thorndike [Dame Agnes Sybil Thorndike] (1882-1976), celebrated actress for whom Bernard Shaw wrote 'Saint Joan', noted for her Shakespearian roles
Publication details: 
23 June 1921. 'Little Theatre | Adelphi | W.C. [London]'
£35.00

1p, 8vo. Fifteen lines of text, in green ink. In fair condition, lightly aged, folded twice, with short closed tear to edge of one crease. Signed 'Sybil Thorndike'. Although 'deeply gratified', her 'present duties' will detain her 'at the Theatre every evening until 11 o/c', so that she will not be able to 'act as a Steward at the Anniversary of the Royal Literary Fund at the Guildhall, next Wednesday'.

[Thomas Brassey, civil engineer who transformed the world's railways.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas Brassey'), asking [Charles Manby] to 'obtain permission to erect a Window to Joseph Locke in Westminster Abbey', like that to Robert Stephenson.

Author: 
Thomas Brassey (1805-1870), civil engineer associated with railway projects [Joseph Locke (1805-1859) and Charles Manby (1804-1884), civil engineers; Westminster Abbey; Robert Stephenson]
Publication details: 
27 June 1862. 56 Lowndes Square [London].
£50.00

See the entries for Brassey and Locke in Oxford DNB. By the time of his death Brassey is said to have built a twentieth of the world's railways. Locke worked with Stephenson and Brunel. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Endorsed three times. While the recipient is not named, one of the endorsements, on the reverse of the second leaf, reads: 'Locke Memorial | Thos. Brassey asking Mr Manby to obtain permission to erect a window in Westminster Abbey.' The letter begins: 'My Dear Sir, | It would be most gratifying to Mrs.

[William Barnes, Dorset dialect poet.] Offprint of poem by 'Rev. W. Barnes, B.D.': 'The Dorset Militia. | Reprinted from The Telegram.'

Author: 
William Barnes (1801-1886), Dorset dialect poet, cleric, author and philologist
Publication details: 
Undated. Winterborne Came [Dorset].
£45.00

The poem first appeared, without the subtitle giving the original source as 'The Telegram', and with no variations from in the accidentals, in Barnes's 'Poems of Rural Life, Third Collection' (1862). Printed on one side of 19 x 9.5 cm piece of wove paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, laid down with ruckling on piece of paper from album, with small closed tear caused by attempt at detachment. In small print with wide margins, the left-hand of which appears to have been trimmed. Printed at head: 'THE DORSET MILITIA. | REPRINTED FROM THE TELEGRAM.' Printed at foot: 'Rev. W. BARNES, B.D.

[Mary Somerville, Scottish scientist after whom Somerville College, Oxford, is named.] Autograph Signature ('Yours truly | Mary Somerville') cut from letter.

Author: 
Mary Somerville [née Fairfax, sometime Greig] (1780-1872), Scottish scientist and author after whom Somerville College, Oxford, is named
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£35.00

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. Since 2017 she has been depicted on the Scottish ten pound note. On 2.5 x 8.5 cm slip of paper, cut from letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on 4 x 9.5 cm piece of paper. Reads 'Yours truly | Mary Somerville'.

[Robert Anning Bell, artist, book designer and illustrator.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the President of the Royal Literary Fund, declining to become a steward at its anniversary dinner.

Author: 
Robert Anning Bell (1862-1933), Royal Academy artist, book designer and illustrator, Professor at Royal College of Art, associated with Della Robbia Pottery in Birkenhead
Publication details: 
20 June 1921, on embossed letterhead of 28 Holland Park Road, Kensington, W14 [London].
£30.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Reads: 'Mr. Robert Anning Bell regrets that he is unable to accept the kind invitation of the President of the Corporation of the Royal Literary Fund to become a Steward at the Anniversary Dinner on July 6th.'

[Sir Charles Oman, military historian, and the English archers at Agincourt.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'C. Oman') to George Townsend Warner, summing up the battle and giving a detailed description of the set up of the English archers.

Author: 
Sir Charles Oman [Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman] (1860-1946), military historian [George Townsend Warner (1865-1916), historian; Battle of Agincourt; archery; toxophily]
Publication details: 
One: 17 October 1902. On letterhead of 39 St Giles', Oxford. Two: 12 March [no year]. 39 St Giles, Oxford, on letterhead of New College, Oxford.
£100.00

Both letters annotated in pencil in contemporary hand 'To Townsend Warner Historian'. (Warner was a history master and head of the ‘modern side’ at Harrow School, and co-editor of one of the most popular British history textbooks of the period. His only child was the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner.) Both letters in good condition, each with pin hole from former attachment.

[Sir Edward Marsh [Sir Edward Howard Marsh], author, editor and classical scholar, friend and secretary to Winston Churchill.] Autograph Note Signed ('E Marsh') to the Secretary, Royal Literary Fund, declining to become a steward at a dinner.

Author: 
Sir Edward Marsh [Sir Edward Howard Marsh] (1872-1953), civil servant, promoter of Georgian poetry, classical scholar, friend and secretary to Winston Churchill [Royal Literary Fund, London]
Publication details: 
3 June 1921. On letterhead of 5 Raymond Buildings, Gray's Inn [London].
£30.00

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I regret that I am an [sic] unable to become a Steward at the Royal Literary Fund dinner, but I have pleasure in sending a small donation to the fund.'

[ Arthur Murphy, Irish writer ] Autograph Instruction Signed to Cadell Esq [publishers].

Author: 
Arthur Murphy, Barrister and Author [(1727–1805), Irish writer.
Murphy
Publication details: 
Lincoln's Inn, 21 July 1788.
£500.00
Murphy

Paper, 15 x 9cm, trimmed with minimal loss of text, some staining, text clear and legible. Pay to Lady Montfort's Bearer the sum of Eighy seven Shillings & charge the same to | Your Humble Servt. | Arthur Murphy. A bold and impressive signature. Note: A, He studied at Jesuit run Saint-Omer, France, and was a gifted student of the Latin and Greek classics. He worked as an actor in the theatre, became a barrister, a journalist and finally a (not very original) playwright. He edited Gray's Inn Journal between 1752 and 1754.

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